Down the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico; Journey's end. Mark, "Perhaps my biggest surprise of the journey was the, at least superficial, health and cleanliness of the rivers and lakes." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
Diary entry: "My journey to the source began from the entrance to Hell Roaring Canyon and would take me 6.5 hours on foot and snow shoe. A tough slog on the canyon rim, beside Hell Roaring Creek and slipping, sliding moraine in between. With can of Bear deterrent in hand, finger on trigger I slogged through the dense forest, marshy flat ground and still thick snow." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
Diary entry: "Turning a 17-foot kayak on a fast corner in an 18-foot wide river takes some doing." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
Diary entry:"Pushing on to Fort Peck Lake and the first of the big, big reservoirs. 150 odd miles of NO FLOWING WATER! Nooo! The lake was a tough slog but supremely beautiful and in actual fact a 4.5 day crossing is pretty cracking." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
Mark to ExWeb: "I am not a small person but had plenty of room inside the kayak. Which was just as well considering I would spend many weeks paddling for 12 hours a day without a break." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
"In all honesty, the only difficult aspect of this 6083 km descent was missing my family." Image by Mark Kalch courtesy Mark Kalch, SOURCE
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(Correne Coetzer) Completing the second of his 7 Rivers 7 Continents Project, Mark Kalch says to ExplorersWeb he is constantly stoked that this project is such an amazing combination of difficult paddling descents and endless opportunities for a diverse range of stories.Both the first river, the Amazon, and the Missouri-Mississippi are 6000km+ waterways, therefore, Mark says, paddling this distance takes a lot of time, patience and endurance regardless of the region or environment in which the river is to be found. He...